Hugh Barnett

VP for Financial Development

Hugh was born Canadian in Calgary, Alberta, and moved to California to complete high school and earn a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at U.C. Berkeley, followed by MBA and M.S. degrees at Stanford. Hugh’s principal career included senior level positions … Read More

Sharon Martin

Marketing Manager

Sharon, a native of San Jose, holds a bachelors degree from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, and did her masters in empirical psychology at San Jose State University. In 2008, she retired after 23 years as a program … Read More

Hester O’Gara


Hester was born in Northern Ireland, grew up in Pennsylvania, and studied fine arts at Queens College in New York. She has been employed in art, television and film production, and law. She has served in civic and philanthropic work, … Read More

Patricia Vucurevich

Office Manager

Patricia was born in Boston and earned a B.S. in Marketing from New Hampshire College. She and her husband Ted came to California in 1993. Patricia has taken classes at the Institute since 2006, and her two sons, Adam and … Read More

Joan Niemeier


Joan holds a B.S. in Business (Accounting) from San Jose State University, and earned her CPA Certificate in 1991. She has worked with (and taken classes at) the Institute since 2001. She is in the office on Fridays, assisting us … Read More

Denise Lesondak

Office Associate

Denise moved here from upstate NY in 1993, and became a California girl in one week!  She has worked mainly as a full-time homemaker, interspersed with various part-time administrative assistant and other positions, including being a volunteer EMT. She keeps … Read More